The Sister Sister

Silky Slim Sister Sister 12"
(Profile, 1992) @ 320 kbps

From its inception T&G has suffered the financial setbacks of relocation, unemployment and other bullshit, but now we're climbing out this hole on a rope ladder made of hospital OT and lined with spare change from the back-on-the-wagon piggy bank. New M44-7 in pocket, hi-fi vinyl rips should be spilling on the T&G dinner table like Bass Tapes were back in March before I discovered how (almost disturbingly) prolific Drop Da Bass had become. I imagine that blog as some pac-man like digital monster that survives on files with "bass" in the title.

Starting off: Silky Slim's (not to be confused with the male rapper of the same name) "Where They At?" response record - context provided by TT Tucker. I'm not sure how many of you are DJs or track-makers, but I can imagine this Acapella put to good use by the right hands.

If anyone can remind me where the circus toy sounding slide melody comes from...


kid slizzard said...

Update article from the Miller Trackademic Library:

Cortello, Karen. 1992. "Street." OffBeat 5:12, 10, 12.

"Rapper Silky Slim (Ramona Mark) took a gamble when she quit her job as a stock clerk at Walmart to pursue a music career. The gamble paid off, and the result was a record deal with Profile Records. Sean Ross, A&R Manager for Profile Records, says he first heard about Silky in a telephone conversation with a local radio programmer. Ross then contacted Silky's agent to get a copy of Silky's debut 12", 'Sister Sister,' which was released in February. He brought the song to an A&R meeting, and the staff liked it. 'The appeal of 'Sister Sister' is whether you like it or not, you still remember it 24 hours later,' says Ross." 10

"By mid summer, Silky had signed a 12" deal (with an LP option based on 12" sales) with Profile. The 12" was released nationally on September 20th. It's receiving airplay on stations in Louisiana, Tennessee, Texas, and Florida." 10

"At first Silky didn’t take rapping seriously, she says. It was just a hobby that offered her the opportunity to make some extra money. Lured by a $500 cash prize, she entered a radio station rap contest and won first place. After winning the contest, she decided to pursue a rap career. She signed with local label Mugz Records and recorded the two versions of 'Sister Sister.'" 10

"The Batiste Brothers traveled to Japan in October to perform at the Sunset 99 Live Festival. The group played three times, and before it was over they had the Japanese second lining with umbrellas. David Batiste said the response was so great that festival officials are considering featuring New Orleans artists exclusively next year." 10

"In brief: Local label Lamina Records releases 12"s on rap artists…M.C. 'J' releases a 12" [10] with cuts '5-0's On My Back' and 'Rest in Peace.'…Mia X releases 'Ask Them Suckas' on 12"…II Marx of Terra release an EP with cuts 'Witness the Strength' and 'Dead or Alive.' All songs were recorded at RDM Studios on the Westbank. RDM is owned by J. 'Diamond' Washington, president of Lamina Records. Washington wrote the music and engineered MC Thick's 'What the Fellas Be Yellin' (Marrero)' and Everlasting Hitman's 'Bounce Baby Bounce.'" 12

boi-dan said...

What the Fellas Be Yellin.... so thats what Jubilee was sayin'.' I declare 'Take It To The St. Thomas' pays homage, every other obscure N.O. cd I hear has a phrase Jubilee used on his album.

dj frog said...